VISIT OWATONNA | 10,635 children were called STATE SCHOOLERS

Once the 3rd largest institution of its kind in the nation, these kids – 10,635 of them between 1886 and 1945 – were orphaned, abandoned and even abused. For some it was a “circle of hell“, for others, it was a “safe haven“.

Visit the museum (founded to “remember the children who lived there”), view a 1930’s video, and tour cottage 11, a restored boy’s cottage. Your tour group will never forget this tour.

Sponsored by Visit Owatonna.